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Severe visual impairment, partial sight, or low vision (LV)—call it what you like, the long-term reduction in visual function takes a large toll on the affected individuals, their families, and society in general. Loss of independence, unemployment, depression, and increased mortality and morbidity all contribute to a diminished quality of life that characterizes LV. The total annual cost of low vision in the United States is estimated to be $5.5 billion plus an additional $10 billion due to lost quality-adjusted life years.1
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